How to Get Promoted
There are no hard and fast rules on how to be considered for promotion. However, there are certain things that everyone can do to improve their chances. Here are some top tips on how to do just that!
DO YOUR BEST
Concentrate on doing the best you possibly can in your current position. Even if you are bored occasionally, never neglect your current duties. Good attendance, punctuality, and the willingness to go the extra mile will stand you in good stead for the future.
Don’t miss a chance to take on additional tasks when a manager is not around; they might be on holiday or maternity leave. Taking that initiative could successfully prove that you can do the job should that role become available.
If you want to be considered for promotion, then you will need to let your manager know this, even if it means you are saying that ultimately you would like their job!
In larger companies, there are usually several promotion opportunities at any one time. Retirement or restructuring can lead to your golden opportunity, so stay diligent and keep up to date with what’s happening around you.
GET NEW SKILLS
There’s no doubt that you’ve gained plenty of experience in your current role, but you might be lacking a certain skill which is preventing you from moving up the career ladder. If so, you should book yourself on to a training course to make sure that you have the sufficient skills to be considered for promotion.
You can’t always expect your merits to speak for themselves, so impress those above you. Get to know the senior bosses and show off your potential, wherever possible. Try running your ideas past the hierarchy or offer to deliver that difficult presentation that no-one else wants to.
When going for a promotion, don’t just simply state that you are the right person for the job, make good reasons for why you deserve it. For example, present a case on how you could improve the business.
If you don’t get that promotion don’t take it personally, ask for feedback on how you could have improved and learn from the experience. Never criticise your managers or company to colleagues as that could come back and bite you!
Promotion usually comes within, but you may get better career progression by moving away from your comfort zone, so always keep your eyes and options open to any new external opportunities.